Worcestershire beat Scotland by ten wickets
It was hard to decide which was the chief source of inspiration to this utterly professional performance.
Worcestershire's defeat here in this competition seven years ago. Or Wednesday's weather-related shambles which forced Tom Moody's men to spend an unnecessary extra night in Edinburgh.
What could not be argued was the seriousness with which Worcestershire took the business of securing a Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy second round tie against Yorkshire at Headingley on May 17 - and the ease with which they completed the job.
Having missed out on the chance to perform on a perfect spring day on Wednesday, due to the rain-soaked surface, the Worcestershire bowlers were forced to contend with bowling in tough, windy conditions.
But the visitors proved more than up to the task, rolling over their hosts for just 134 and paving the way for ruthless skipper Vikram Solanki and Stephen Moore to finish a great day's work inside 21 overs.
After the embarrassments of the previous day, when it became clear that the Scots' pre- match ground preparations had not been all they should have been, the early morning weather outlook indicated that more frustration might be on the cards.
Twice they were ready to start, only for squally showers to send the ground staff running for the covers and delay matters for half an hour.
But once it was off and running, Worcester's bowlers, with an air of professionalism missing from their last visit here in this competition seven years ago, did not take long to start the tumble of wickets.
Chaminda Vaas made the early breakthrough in removing Douglas Lockhart. And, after hitting the first boundary of the innings in the 11th over, Fraser Watts paid for his adventure in the next when Kabir Ali bowled him through the gate.
Jonathan Beukes then drove Gareth Batty back down the ground, only for the England spinner to out-fox him in the flight next ball.
It left Scotland 36 for three, but a half-century stand between Colin Smith and Ryan Watson restored some pride until Batty struck again by getting one through Smith's defences.
With the big- hitting Watson at the crease, there was an element of danger. And when he hit David Leatherdale through extra cover, then wide mid on to reach his 50, Scotland looked well set at 105 for four.
But three wickets inside 18 balls put a different complexion on things.
Just three balls after Watson had reached his 50, Leatherdale typically wrought revenge by clipping the top of his off stump without further addition. Then, three overs later, Ray Price struck twice.
First he tempted home skipper James Wright to dance down the wicket, only to be stumped by an alert Jamie Pipe, who then pouched Yasser Arafat.
It was the beginning of the end. Leatherdale clean bowled John Williamson, Dewald Nel was caught at midwicket, and, after a 16-run delay for the last wicket, it was all over when Asim Butt was caught by Batty in the covers off Vaas.
From then on, with the threat of rain still hanging in the air on this most blustery of Edinburgh days, it was just a question of how quickly Worcestershire would win.
Solanki and Moore went through their full range of shots.
Solanki's half-century came up in 39 balls, with his unbeaten 74, including 13 fours and a six, earning him the man of the match award. But Moore's 57 off 64 balls was only made to look somewhat tedious by comparison.
For those grateful few with a rescheduled flight back to Birmingham to catch, it all added up to a timely end just after four o'clock.